Wellington Regional Trails

About the park

East Harbour Regional Park offers some of the most diverse, remote terrain in the Wellington region. It is home to the iconic Butterfly Creek trail and the pathway to Pencarrow Lighthouse.

The idyllic park looks across Wellington Harbour towards the city, and is brimming with dense native forests, rocky coastlines and sandy beaches. East Harbour Regional Park is the perfect recreational spot for walking, biking, and horse riding.

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A drone shot of the Pencarrow Lighthouse Trail in Lower Hutt with two cyclists riding on the grassy path.

There are three distinct areas within the park.

The Northern Forest

The northern section covers the area of hills between Eastbourne and Wainuiomata, including Butterfly Creek. This area is made up of tranquil beech and rātā forest, contrasting with the damp valley floor below.

The Parangarahu Lakes Area

The southern section cradles the freshwater wetlands of Lake Kohangatera and Kohangapiripiri. It is home to many native plants and wildlife. To get there, follow the 7km walk or bike along the coastline.

Baring Head Ōrua-pouanui

The southeastern section of the park offers rugged, remote landscapes with a lighthouse, and sweeping views of the Cook Strait.

Greater Wellington Regional Council has more information on the areas and detailed maps.